General Motors has begun exporting Chevrolet Sail sedans from China to South America, Africa, and Asia. The first shipment of 756 Sails made its way from the Yantai Port in China to Chile and to Peru this past Friday.
SAIC GM — the joint venture between General Motors and the Shanghai Automobile Industry Corporation responsible for the export — has planned the expansion to new markets following the success of the predecessor of the Sail 3 — the second-gen Sail. That model was China’s most popular export model.
The Sail is an entry-level model that serves as the least expensive vehicle in Chevrolet’s lineup in China. Some differences made to the freshened Sail 3 over the second-gen model are increases in overall size, improved fuel efficiency, and more modern styling that includes a re-design of both the interior and exterior. The vehicle comes with an efficient powertrain with a standard start-stop system and electric power steering (EPS) system, as well as an available AMT variant.
That’s a lot of tech in a little car, which isn’t that bad considering the Sail’s starting price is $11,000.